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Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:18:12 -0700
Former NFL RB Curtis Martin, who is about to be enshrined in the National Football League Hall of Fame, said Monday, July 23, that he suffered "a lot" of concussions during the course of his career, and he became "an expert at covering it up." Martin is not among those suing the league over concussions, and he doesn't feel bitter about the risks he took. "This was just the mentality, it's no fault of the NFL or anything, it's just a part of the game," Martin said. "When I would get hit, they knew that I popped up just like that, every time I get hit. Any time that I didn't pop up, my fullback knew to come pick me up because I was probably either dazed or knocked out."
Sat, 04 Feb 2012 20:06:29 -0800
Former New York Jets RB Curtis Martin highlights the 2012 National Football League Hall of Fame class announced Saturday, Feb. 4. The Hall of Fame committee also selected former Minnesota Vikings DL Chris Doleman, former Seattle Seahawks DL Cortez Kennedy, former Kansas City Chiefs LT Willie Roaf and former Pittsburgh Steelers C Dermontti Dawson. The senior committee also gave the nod to former Pittsburgh Steelers CB Jack Butler.
Sat, 07 Jan 2012 19:23:58 -0800
Fifteen modern-day finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced Saturday, Jan. 7, and they are joined by two senior nominees. A selection committee in Indianapolis will meet in Indianapolis Feb. 4 to determine the 2012 Hall of Fame class. RB Jerome Bettis (Steelers), WR Tim Brown (Raiders), , CB Jack Butler (senior - Steelers), WR Cris Carter (Eagles, Vikings), C Dermontti Dawson (Steelers), owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. (49ers), DL/LB Chris Doleman (Vikings, Falcons, 49ers), LB/DL Kevin Greene (Rams, Steelers, Panthers), DL/LB Charles Haley (49ers, Cowboys), DL Cortez Kennedy (Seahawks), RB Curtis Martin (Patriots, Jets), head coach Bill Parcells (Giants, Patriots, Jets, Cowboys), WR Andre Reed (Bills), OT Willie Roaf (Chiefs), OG Will Shields (Chiefs), OG Dick Stanfel (senior - Lions, Redskins) and CB Aeneas Williams (Cardinals, Rams) are the finalists.
Tue, 01 Feb 2011 19:36:13 -0800
Former New York Jets RB Curtis Martin is an NFL Hall of Fame inductee candidate. He wasn't sure how he'd spend his Super Bowl Sunday awaiting word if he makes it or not. "I'm not sure of that," Martin said Tuesday, Feb. 1. "I'm usually a guy that I know that someone will let me know. They said I would receive a call if I did make it somewhere after 6:00. I'll probably be home watching TV, doing something simple."
Thu, 21 Jan 2010 21:16:18 -0800
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports former New York Jets RB Curtis Martin will serve as an honorary captain for the team's AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 24.
Tue, 13 Nov 2007 10:08:38 -0800
Randy Lange, of NewYorkJets.com, reports the New York Jets will hold a Curtis Martin Day Week 11 in honor of the former running back. Among those who will be on hand during the halftime ceremony at midfield include team owner Woody Johnson, president Jay Cross and general manager Mike Tannenbaum; Bill Parcells, Martin's former head coach with the New England Patriots and Jets; Mark Wittgarner, his coach at Taylor-Allderdice High in Pittsburgh, and his mom, Rochella.
Mon, 12 Nov 2007 13:14:33 -0800
The New York Jets have announced they will honor former NFL RB Curtis Martin during their Week 11 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fri, 27 Jul 2007 16:06:51 -0700
J.P. Pelzman, of the Bergen Record, reports former NFL RB Curtis Martin wants to be an owner in the NFL and has been working to accomplish that goal. Martin was delaying his retirement announcement because he wanted to tell the reporters he was part of an ownership group. "I thought I'd be able to be very specific, but unfortunately it did not work out as soon as I thought it would. As soon as things happen, you [reporters] will be the first to know. It's something I'm very excited about and it looks good," Martin said. Reports say Martin is not talking to the New York Jets.
Thu, 26 Jul 2007 08:09:59 -0700
The New York Jets announced RB Curtis Martin has declared his official retirement from the NFL.
Tue, 24 Jul 2007 06:54:54 -0700
ESPN.com reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin will officially announce his retirement from the National Football League this week. The Jets open training camp Friday, July 27, and are expected to hold a news conference before camp begins to make the announcement.
Sun, 10 Jun 2007 10:31:39 -0700
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) re-worked his contract, giving the Jets $2.4 million in cap relief, according to an NFL source. Martin was scheduled to make $3.25 million this season, but he is now scheduled to make $820,000 under the re-worked deal. Also, Martin agreed to void the 2008 and 2009 seasons in his contract.
Sun, 03 Jun 2007 10:08:52 -0700
Mark Cannizzaro, of the New York Post, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) is making plans for his retirement, according to a source. Two other sources said there is no way that Martin will ever try to make a comeback with the Jets.
Mon, 08 Jan 2007 13:36:56 -0800
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) said Monday, Jan. 8, he realizes his playing career is nearing an end. "I've come to grips that my career is probably over," Martin said. Martin, however, added that he has made no definite plans yet regarding his immediate future. "I don't know yet. I doubt if I'll be able to play, but we'll see."
Sun, 31 Dec 2006 18:03:49 -0800
The Associated Press reports New England Patriots RB Corey Dillon moved to 14th all-time in rushing, passing former Buffalo Bills RB O.J. Simpson. Dillon ran for 67 yards Week 17, giving him 11,241 rushing yards in his career. Dillon also finished the 2006 season with 13 rushing touchdowns, matching the franchise single-season record set by former Patriots RB Curtis Martin in 1995 and 1996.
Fri, 03 Nov 2006 09:45:39 -0800
Dave Hutchinson, of the Star-Ledger, reports the New York Jets are expected to save $9.15 million in salary-cap room over the final three years of RB Curtis Martin's contract with Martin's expected retirement. Martin announced Wednesday, Nov. 1, he would not return this season, and his career is expected to be over as well.
Wed, 01 Nov 2006 12:14:42 -0800
New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) revealed Wednesday, Nov. 1, he never pushed the front office to select a running back in last year's draft, even though Martin faced the prospect of never playing again. "There has been speculation, and I heard about it. But no, and for one thing, what goes on in the front office is like Vegas. It stays there. We all knew my condition. I believe that if I was 100 percent or if I was retired, the decisions that were made here, it would be the same decisions," Martin said.
Wed, 01 Nov 2006 11:58:04 -0800
New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) revealed Wednesday, Nov. 1, he played last season with the same bone-on-bone condition in his right knee that has forced him to miss the entire 2006 season. "I played with it all last year," Martin said. "The way that I am is if I have an injury, regardless of how bad it is, I don't want to talk about it during the season unless it's something that I just can't get up and walk or unless my bone is sticking out my leg or something like that, very obvious. I'm going to push myself and stay away from all the distractions because I see them as distractions, all of the talk about how bad something is. I see it as distraction, and I don't like to think about it. So last year what it was, is I really played most of that year, since the second game, with a career-ending injury."
Wed, 01 Nov 2006 11:55:20 -0800
Updating a previous item, Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports the New York Jets placed RB Curtis Martin (knee) on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Nov. 1. Martin officially announced he will not return this season Wednesday, Nov. 1, though Martin has not said whether he will retire at this point.
Wed, 01 Nov 2006 11:25:24 -0800
The Associated Press reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) officially announced Wednesday, Nov. 1, he would not return this season. Though Martin is not ready to announce his retirement, he is unsure whether he will ever be able to return to the field. "I'm officially not playing this year," Martin said. "Retirement - that may be the inevitable result. I just haven't gotten there yet." "I don't know if it's even possible," Martin added. "It hasn't been possible up to this point, so I'm not looking forward to saying I'll definitely be back next year. It's a long stretch, I'll put it that way. And that's the most honest answer I can give you."
Tue, 31 Oct 2006 08:28:32 -0800
ESPNews reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) will not play this season, and his career is likely over.
Mon, 30 Oct 2006 15:21:31 -0800
ESPNews reports the New York Jets will make a decision on RB Curtis Martin (knee) after Week 9. Martin is currently on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list.
Mon, 30 Oct 2006 14:52:58 -0800
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini says he will wait until next week to determine whether the team will start practicing RB Curtis Martin (knee).
Fri, 20 Oct 2006 09:40:00 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) remains hopeful he can return to action. "'Definitely' is not a word I'm going to use," Martin said when assessing his possible return. "'Hopefully' is the word I'll use." Martin could begin practicing with the team Nov. 6.
Thu, 19 Oct 2006 12:02:25 -0700
Dennis Waszek Jr., of the Associated Press, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) expressed his desire to resume his playing career and put his knee injury behind him. "I feel as though I've gotten better," said Martin. "I feel as though I'm running a little better. The one thing I was concerned about was making the cuts. Once you get out there, instincts take over. I haven't been put in that situation. I don't know how that'll turn out." Martin later added that he is hopeful to begin practicing after Week 8. Martin remains on the team's PUP list.
Mon, 16 Oct 2006 18:17:14 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) could begin practicing with the team Oct. 29, after the Week 8 game against the Cleveland Browns. Martin has been on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list all year and the team will have a three-week window to place him on their active list. Head coach Eric Mangini said, "We're going to just see how it goes. I've felt good about his progress and his approach throughout the whole thing. You just can't ask for a better approach and a better person. He's been great and working really hard at it."
Wed, 11 Oct 2006 09:48:47 -0700
Dave Hutchinson, of the Star-Ledger, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) will attempt a return to practice next week, when he is eligible to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Wed, 04 Oct 2006 07:23:29 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin has been impressed by rookie RB Leon Washington this year. "I just think Leon's a player with tremendous talent," Martin said. "What stands out most to me is his instincts. That's what you look for in a running back, someone who runs to daylight without thinking about it. That's the type of player he is." Martin also added that Washington is "that Leon's definitely a student. He listens well. He's good at taking things from the classroom to the field. He's one of those guys who does exactly what you tell him to do. And the good thing is that while he's doing it, he doesn't lose his creativity."
Tue, 29 Aug 2006 18:45:48 -0700
Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) will not be allowed to participate with the team until Week 6. After that there is a three-week window for the Jets to take him off the PUP list, followed by a 21-day span in which he must be activated. Martin could return to the field anytime between Weeks 6 and 12 of this season. Or, he could never return. "I'm not there yet," Martin said of considering retirement. Martin is said to have a bone-on-bone condition in his right knee.
Tue, 29 Aug 2006 08:49:10 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini has announced RB Curtis Martin (knee) will start the regular season on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list.
Tue, 22 Aug 2006 16:49:18 -0700
During his press conference, New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini was asked about the possibility of RB Curtis Martin (knee) returning to play. Mangini said, "Curtis is working as hard as he can to get back as quickly as he can. Curtis' approach has always been outstanding in everything he does. There is no change in his status. He is taking the same approach and we are taking the same approach. We are trying to get him out there as quickly as we can."
Tue, 22 Aug 2006 10:24:41 -0700
Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) is away from the team's complex Tuesday, Aug. 22, for personal reasons which head coach Eric Mangini insisted were non-medical.
Tue, 22 Aug 2006 05:40:40 -0700
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Jets quietly renegotiated RB Curtis Martin's contract to cover themselves in the event that he doesn't play this season because of his knee injury. Martin was scheduled to earn $2.5 million in base salary, but he signed a "split" contract last Wednesday that reduces his 2006 salary to $810,000, the veteran's minimum. If he's placed on season-ending Injured Reserve, which seems more likely with each passing day, his salary would drop to $475,000. One person familiar with the reworked contract described it as a good-faith gesture by the Jets, surmising that it were a player of lesser stature, the club probably would cut him without having to pay anything. Jets' head coach Eric Mangini continues to says there has been no change in Martin's status.
Thu, 10 Aug 2006 18:55:08 -0700
NewYorkJets.com reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) made a few comments to the Jet fans about his return to the team, "I would like to say that I am trying to do my best to be as good as I can possibly be, and I am doing my best to be back as soon as I can possibly by back." Martin said he doesn't know how long it will take him to get back with the team but will continue to work.
Thu, 10 Aug 2006 06:19:05 -0700
Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports the New York Jets have been linked to Arizona Cardinals RB Marcel Shipp, but Shipp's agent, Brad Blank, said he doubted such a deal was in the works. The Jets are looking for running back insurance in case RB Curtis Martin (knee) is sidelined for all or part of 2006.
Thu, 10 Aug 2006 06:18:09 -0700
Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports the New York Jets have some interest in Detroit Lions RB Artose Pinner. The team may need a running back if RB Curtis Martin (knee) is sidelined for the start of the season.
Thu, 10 Aug 2006 06:16:44 -0700
Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports the New York Jets have some interest in Denver Broncos RB Tatum Bell. The team may need a running back if RB Curtis Martin (knee) is sidelined for the start of the season.
Wed, 09 Aug 2006 15:13:21 -0700
New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) said he is not considering retirement and added that he is working out as hard as he can. "I am here every single day," said Martin. "I am probably up here more than a lot of the other players because I am doing extra work." Martin said he is working out in hopes of playing this year, but would not talk about the condition of his knee. He did say that he has not had another surgery and has no plans to have any more surgeries on the knee before he returns. "I don't know what exactly will happen," Martin said. "I just keep preparing to be my best. It is what it is. Obviously I have missed some training camp, but I can't do anything about what I missed, but when I get back, I get back and I will take it from there."
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 17:59:22 -0700
Ken Berger, of Newsday, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) has a "bone-on-bone" condition in his surgically repaired right knee. The team's coaching staff is now wondering if he can play at all in 2006. "The guy is bone-on-bone on the knee and can't play," a person with knowledge of Martin's injury said Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. "No one has said he's not going to play, but I don't know how much more they're going to get out of the guy." The person confirmed earlier reports that Martin has virtually no cartilage in his right knee, which was repaired arthroscopically in December. Martin was seen walking with a distinct limp Sunday, Aug. 6, at Giants Stadium, where the Jets held an intrasquad scrimmage. It was quite a contrast to the last time reporters saw Martin for any extended period, at the June minicamp, when he ran and performed individual drills.
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 15:12:24 -0700
New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) has not had any change in his injury status, but continues to rehab, according to head coach Eric Mangini. "The approach is we're looking for him to be ready to perform," said Mangini. "Player safety is very important to us. Any time that a player has an injury, we're going to approach it exactly the same way and make sure that the player is able to go out and do the things that he needs to do to be productive and to help us win. That's why we're looking into and being smart with all injuries."
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 09:37:33 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports speculation is mounting that New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) could be moved from the active/physically-unable-to-perform list to the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list next month.
Mon, 07 Aug 2006 14:54:41 -0700
Dave Hutchinson, of the Star-Ledger, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) recommended to the team before the NFL Draft that they should strongly consider taking a back high in the draft because of his concern over his ability to play in 2006. Martin had arthroscopic knee surgery in December to clean out his knee, but it has not responded well. With the team entering the second week of training camp, there is growing concern that his career may be in jeopardy. If Martin is able to play in 2006, it is unlikely he will be ready to go at the start of the season. Martin, who has had surgery on his right knee the past two seasons, remains on the team's PUP list. It is believed a great deal of the cartilage in his knee is gone, which is what is giving Martin problems. One team official said he's dealing with "bone on bone" in his knee.
Thu, 03 Aug 2006 14:26:04 -0700
New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini said he is approaching RB Curtis Martin's (knee) injury the same way they are with other players. "Once we can get him out there, we are going to get him out there," said Mangini. "That's really how we look at it across the board."
Thu, 03 Aug 2006 14:16:15 -0700
The New York Daily News reports the New York Jets are exploring the running-back market, according to sources, an indication the club might not think RB Curtis Martin (knee) will be ready for the season opener, if at all. Martin has said he wants to play this season, but there are growing indications he might not fit in the Jets' plans. Chances are the Jets will wait a game or two before doing anything, giving them a chance to evaluate RBs Cedric Houston, Derrick Blaylock and rookie RB Leon Washington.
Tue, 01 Aug 2006 05:52:22 -0700
Dave Hutchinson, of the Star-Ledger, reports agent Eugene Parker said it was a mutual decision to place New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) on the physically-unable-to-perform list with a slowly healing right knee and he expects the veteran to play this season. "I don't know if I'm concerned," Parker told The Star-Ledger. "Right now, Curtis is working his way to try to play. When he's physically able to play, he'll play. I think this (the decision to put him on the PUP list) is a consensus that it's the right thing to do. But Curtis wants to play this season."
Sun, 30 Jul 2006 07:10:03 -0700
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) made it clear he still wants to play football. Whether he will play is a growing issue. Given a chance to squash the speculation, Martin dodged. Asked if there's any doubt in his mind about playing this season, he replied: "I'm not going to comment on that at all." Realizing his non-answer could be turned into big headlines, Martin quickly added, "Please don't go and insinuate." Head coach Eric Mangini hasn't provided any details, saying only that Martin will be removed from the physically-unable-to-perform list when he's healthy enough to practice. Friends say Martin did a lot of soul-searching before the start of camp, which suggests something was - is? - weighing on his mind. Martin didn't seem to agree with the club's decision to place him on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Martin underwent arthroscopic surgery seven months ago. Currently with Martin sidelined, RBs Cedric Houston and Derrick Blaylock are sharing time, but neither is considered a No. 1 back.
Sat, 29 Jul 2006 20:03:51 -0700
Karen Crouse, of the New York Times, reports New York Jets RB Cedric Houston has had an opportunity open for him while RB Curtis Martin (knee) is sidelined by a knee injury.
Sat, 29 Jul 2006 18:43:45 -0700
NewYorkJets.com reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) addressed the media Saturday, July 29. "I am getting better. You all know that I am not trying to be rude, but there are some things that I can't talk about. I am not going to guess anything. I am not going to talk about my gut. I am a man of fortitude, it is like your mind is trained and after a period of time you think a certain way. I am used to thinking one way and I don't see that changing. The hardest thing for me is not being out there with the team. I am one of those guys who, and a lot of people talk about it, I am one of those guys who really believes in the whole team concept. As a leader of the team, I look at myself as one of those guys who likes to lead his team into battle." Martin did not seem to be thrilled to be on the PUP list, but he understood the team's decision.
Fri, 28 Jul 2006 22:30:56 -0700
Dave Hutchinson, of the Star-Ledger, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) was placed on PUP list Thursday, July 27, as a precaution and is expected to be ready for the regular-season opener, according to an NFL insider. "Martin's injury isn't serious. The Jets just want to buy some time," the person said. "He'll be back." Jets' head Eric Mangini refused to give a timetable on Martin's return or give any details on his condition Friday, July 28. "As soon as Curtis is ready to practice, he'll be out there," Mangini said.
Fri, 28 Jul 2006 20:16:53 -0700
Ken Berger, of Newsday, reports New York Jets RB Derrick Blaylock got most of the work at tailback in RB Curtis Martin's (knee) absence Friday, July 28.
Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:13:05 -0700
During his press conference Friday, July 28, New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini addressed the severity of RB Curtis Martin's (knee) knee injury. "There is really no timetable. As soon as they are ready to go, we're going to put them out there. The nice thing about PUP is it allows you to, as soon as the player is able to practice - he can practice - and you can take him off the PUP at any point. We can take him off today, tomorrow, the next day. And there's a lot of flexibility with that as opposed to injured reserve where there is no flexibility with that situation. PUP is a good tool for us in all these scenarios."